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Retrofuturist has stepped down as administrator

Postby Ben » Tue Dec 06, 2011 6:39 am

Dear members,

It is with great sadness that I am announcing that Retrofuturist has stepped down from the role of Administrator here at Dhamma Wheel. Both David Snyder (site owner) and Retro invited me to 'trade places'. I have agreed to take on the role of Admin so long as I can return the role to Retro if and when he wishes to serve in that capacity again.

As of yesterday, Retro requested an indefinite leave of absence from Dhamma Wheel.

I have known Retro since e-Sangha and have met him several times when I was living in Ballarat and had him come to stay with me and my family in Tasmania. During that period, Retro has been a good friend and kalayanamitta. And I don't think I am the only one who also regards Retro as someone who has made a profound positive impact on them.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Retro who has been a key architect of Dhamma Wheel since before its inception. Dhamma Wheel - the world's most vibrant internet discussion forum dedicated to the Theravada - is largely a result of Retro's vision and dedication.
kind regards,

Ben
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Re: Retrofuturist has stepped down as administrator

Postby Reductor » Tue Dec 06, 2011 7:22 am

I for one welcome our new benevolent overlord!

And I will forgive retro for trading places, so long as he continues his healthy volume of posting. How about it, mate? (I had an ausi accent when I thought that ;) )
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Re: Retrofuturist has stepped down as administrator

Postby plwk » Tue Dec 06, 2011 7:52 am

So he has passed on the robe and bowl to ya Ben huh :tongue:
All the best to him and his family :anjali:
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Re: Retrofuturist has stepped down as administrator

Postby Dan74 » Tue Dec 06, 2011 9:30 am

I recall retro from the E-Sangha days as the most (or perhaps the only) level-headed administrator there. I really admire the integrity and professionalism he brings to his duties on the fora. for helping start Zen Forum International and Dharma Wheel. He is a true bodhisattva, though he might not like the epithet.

I hope you use this hiatus to further your practice and wish you all the best, Paul.
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Re: Retrofuturist has stepped down as administrator

Postby imagemarie » Tue Dec 06, 2011 9:31 am

What a pity.


Retro is cool. 8-)

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Postby Brizzy » Tue Dec 06, 2011 9:35 am

:thanks: Retro for being a cool mod.

I think your presence will be missed.

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Re: Retrofuturist has stepped down as administrator

Postby Kim OHara » Tue Dec 06, 2011 11:29 am

Thanks, Retro, for all you have done here.
You have earned a break, but do drop in and say hello occasionally.
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Postby Modus.Ponens » Tue Dec 06, 2011 11:46 am

Thank you retro for your gigantic contribution to the spreading of the dhamma. Wishing you the best.

Welcome Ben to your new role. I'm sure you'll do a great job. Wishing you good luck.
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Re: Retrofuturist has stepped down as administrator

Postby daverupa » Tue Dec 06, 2011 12:32 pm

:heart:

Didn't you have a knife at his throat once, Ben? I call shenanigans! ;)

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    "And how is it, bhikkhus, that by protecting others one protects oneself? By patience, harmlessness, goodwill, and sympathy. It is in such a way that by protecting others one protects oneself.
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Re: Retrofuturist has stepped down as administrator

Postby Dan74 » Tue Dec 06, 2011 12:38 pm

daverupa wrote::heart:

Didn't you have a knife at his throat once, Ben? I call shenanigans! ;)

:toast:


Yes, in fact Ben had to flee Victoria, when Retro's mob retaliated.

It was big in the news here - "The rival factions of Theravada in a bloody struggle for power".

Looks like Ben aka the Tassie Devil, got the upper hand in the end...
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Re: Retrofuturist has stepped down as administrator

Postby Ben » Tue Dec 06, 2011 12:47 pm

daverupa wrote::heart:

Didn't you have a knife at his throat once, Ben? I call shenanigans! ;)

:toast:


Yes, shenanigans indeed!
The incident was following the muesli slice and before the coconut curry.
My young son captured the moment.
Now where is that photo?
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Postby Khalil Bodhi » Tue Dec 06, 2011 4:34 pm

Thank you for all you've done. I hope all is well in your life and to see you back soon! Mettaya! :heart:
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Postby Prasadachitta » Tue Dec 06, 2011 4:36 pm

Well done Retro,

Thanks for your hard work and dedication to Dhamma wheel. I have known you since esangha and I feel a kinship in the Dhamma.

Take care

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Postby BubbaBuddhist » Tue Dec 06, 2011 5:03 pm

Have a good rest, Retro, and be well.

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Re: Retrofuturist has stepped down as administrator

Postby David2 » Tue Dec 06, 2011 6:04 pm

Ben wrote:Now where is that photo?

viewtopic.php?f=12&t=2730&start=20#p115658
:thanks: retro for the good job as admin. :anjali:
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Re: Retrofuturist has stepped down as administrator

Postby David N. Snyder » Tue Dec 06, 2011 6:09 pm

:cry:

Yes, it is a sad time indeed that retro has stepped down as admin to take care of some things in his life. For the record it was his decision alone and he will be greatly missed.

He did excellent work here from inception with the set-up, moderating, and administrative duties.

And of course, I welcome Ben to fill that role and know he will continue to do well.

Dhamma Wheel would not be what it is today (the most popular, most visited Buddhist forum on the internet) were it not for Paul. He is not only a co-founder, but kept it together when times got tough and had a level-headed, compassionate, liberal moderating style. I cannot say enough good things about him and whatever I say is an understatement.

He is the one who encouraged me to assist him with the starting of a Buddhist forum, primarily geared to Theravada. And then when this forum went well, it was his encouragement again to start a Mahayana forum (Dharma Wheel), appropriately with the same type of name and design, but with the different spelling for the language of the tradition.
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Re: Retrofuturist has stepped down as administrator

Postby manas » Tue Dec 06, 2011 8:04 pm

I also wish to thank retro for all of his contribution here as site admin, his personal assistance from time to time, and also just his generally easygoing personality (not a bad thing also 8-) ), and retro: I wish you continued increase in virtue, concentration and insight!

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Re: Retrofuturist has stepped down as administrator

Postby Aloka » Tue Dec 06, 2011 9:46 pm

Lots of good wishes for your health and happiness in the future Retro, I will miss your friendship and kindness here .


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Postby appicchato » Tue Dec 06, 2011 10:10 pm

...cannot say enough good things about him and whatever I say is an understatement.


All the very best to you Paul...
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Re: Retrofuturist has stepped down as administrator

Postby Dmytro » Wed Dec 07, 2011 11:02 am

Good luck to you, Retro! :anjali:
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